Iran Tests New Ballistic Missile Despite US Warning

Laura Christensen
September 24, 2017

Speaking during Friday's parade, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would press ahead with strengthening its missile capabilities and military defenses, Press TV reported.

Officials announced Friday that the missile would be tested "soon".

Trump called the deal an "embarrassment to the United States" during his Thursday speech before the UN General Assembly, although he again stopped short of vowing to kill it.

US President Donald Trump accused Iran of destabilising the Middle East, calling it a "rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos".

Although UN provisions seek to limit ballistic missile technology, the nuclear agreement negotiated in 2015 by Iran and six world powers, including the United States, does not prohibit Iran from developing such weapons.

Iran has said all of its missiles are created to carry conventional warheads only and has limited their range to a maximum of 2,000km, although commanders have said they have the technology to go further. Iran has said repeatedly that it has no choice but to boost its defences as its regional rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia sign huge arms contracts with Washington and other Western governments.

It was mainly a procedural move, but it was significant since reimposing nuclear-related sanctions could lead Iran to end its compliance with the deal and revert back to rapid uranium enrichment - something it's threatened to do if the United States reneges.

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Even though Iran has long boasted of owning missiles within the exact same assortment included in the arsenal, it had been the very first time that this Khoramshahr rocket has been exhibited in public places.

Iran's Tasnim news agency reported the country had unveiled a new ballistic missile with range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), capable of carrying several warheads. "We will strengthen our missile capabilities".

It also carried in-flight video from the nose cone of the missile, which has a range of 2,000km and can carry multiple warheads.

Under the pact, Tehran agreed to restrict its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Iran said on Saturday, September 22, 2017, that it successfully tested a new missile, with a 1,250-mile range, which is capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf. On Wednesday, he said he has made a decision on whether the US will continue to abide by the deal, but he declined to elaborate.

A ballistic missile, called Khorramshahr, was put on display during the parade.

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